5F Summer: Khirma Eliazov’s Opulent Adventure

Istanbul's Vibrance

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Turkish Transition

For our pre-fall transition I wanted to capture the vibrant hues that embody both Istanbul and Kiev. Istanbul is a gorgeous city full of extremes. From religion to urban life, the street market commotion to the opulent use of colors: yellow, gold and green are particularly used in such a considered and calm execution.

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Istanbul's Vibrance

Istanbul’s Vibrance

Moscow's Red Square

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Scarlet Decadence

While visiting St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, I tried to memorize the variety of colors that adorned each dome, spire and window. The color pairings were eye-catching and timeless — the same way they would be in your favorite accessory.

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Moscow's Red Square

Moscow’s Red Square

At the Ballet

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Eastern Opulence

On the Russian street I was surrounded by red and bright emerald but inside the the dancers brought to life a variety of tones including dark navy, rich burgundy and hints of gleaming copper… They were the perfect colors to finish off my fall 2013 collection and my wonderful trip to Russia.

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 St. Petersburg ballet

St. Petersburg ballet

A Day in the Monastary

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Considered Chic

It’s no secret that some of the greatest attractions in Russia are its churches. This photograph represents a fraction of the Pechersk Lavra Monastery Complex in Kiev, Ukraine where my trip began. Not only was this one of the first pictures I took during my stay, but  it also symbolizes the impetus of my pre-fall collection. I love how the teal blue beautifully complemented the bright yellow gold and contrasted against white accents.

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Pechersk Lavra Monastery Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

Pechersk Lavra Monastery Complex in Kiev, Ukraine

St. Petersberg

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Emerald Decadence

After Kiev, I ventured to meet clients in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. Each city I visited was truly as unique and breathtaking as the one before it.

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Domes in St. Petersberg

Domes in St. Petersberg

This week’s 5F Summer follows handbag and accessory designer Khirma Eliazov as she recounts her adventures across Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, and how her trip inspired a world of colors, mystery and creativity for her newest collection.

As my international reach expands, I find myself constantly traveling and finding inspiration in new and often unusual surroundings.

My pre-fall and fall collections were inspired by my recent whirlwind trip to Istanbul, Kiev, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

- Khirma Eliazov

 *Click through to see the places and moments that inspired her pre-fall and fall handbags.*

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